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36 homes destroyed in controlled burn goes out of control

EASTPOINT, Fla. Officials estimate $1.7 million in property damage was lost from a “controlled burn” fire that was burning out of control and destroyed 36 homes in a small Florida Panhandle community.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports, the workers fell Thursday on east end to process insurance claims, provide temporary housing and replacing driver’s licences and car registrations.

More than 120 residents living mostly in mobile homes and trailers were displaced.

Franklin County officials say many people who lost their homes were renters without insurance. County emergency management director Pam Brownell said the damage estimate does not include items such as cars or boats.

The state contracted wildlands Services for the controlled burn of 18 June. The owner of the company, Doug Williams, says the 18 year working with different agencies, “occasionally we get escaped, but nothing like this.”

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Information From: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, http://www.tdo.com

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